Henderson County Public Schools begin summer feeding program on Monday, June 8

Press release from Henderson County Public Schools: 

Beginning Monday, June 8, Henderson County Public Schools’ Child Nutrition Department will operate its summer feeding program, providing free lunches to children ages two to 18 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

From June 8 to August 7, meals will be served weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hendersonville Middle and Apple Valley Middle public feeding sites. Additionally, the “Meals On the Bus” will operate three individual routes a day – an expansion on previous years’ single route – with new stops informed by community feedback over the school closure feeding operations.

Sites will be closed and Meals On the Bus will not be operating on July 6, when the district is closed for the Independence Day holiday. The Meals On the Bus routes are listed below, and the 2020 Summer Feeding Program information is also posted online at www.HCPSNC.org/blog/2020/06/04/summer-meal-resources/.

The Henderson County Public Library is helping kick off the first three days of the “Meals On the Bus” by supplying information on and materials for its Summer Reading Program, which promotes reading and community engagement over the summer. On Monday, library staff will distribute materials along Route 1; on Tuesday, materials will be available to children at Route 2 stops; and on Wednesday, children visiting Route 3 stops can pick up packets.

The summer reading packets will include lists of all virtual reading programs online, a craft, and the Summer Reading Program activity card that children can complete and turn in at the end of summer to earn age group and grand prizes. For more information about the library’s summer reading program, families can contact Youth Services Coordinator Caitlin Lindsey at clindsey@hendersoncountync.gov.


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